Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sam Rocha’s Strange and Startling Philosophy of Education

Stephen H. Webb's review of Sam Rocha's Primer for Philosophy and Education, in which Rocha
goes to some length to distinguish painting from priming, and as you read him, you realize that he is describing not priming but educating. He is showing his readers how education works by describing an analogous activity.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Christian Intellectual

In The Christian Intellectual, R.R. Reno considers
How, then, should the Christian intellectual proceed? What should be our approach to higher education and academic work? More broadly, how should we view our distinctive vocation as intellectuals?
Among his conclusions is the following observation:
A genuine intellectual serves truth, a Christian intellectual all the more so. The truth, moreover, is sought by other people as well, which is why the intellectual life means participating in a conversation rather than embarking on a solo voyage. A loving intellect therefore seeks to advance the intellectual lives of others.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

The End of Protestantism

The article The End of Protestantism classifies Christians outside the Catholic Church into two types:
A Protestant exaggerates his distance from Roman Catholicism on every point of theology and practice, and is skeptical of Roman Catholics who say that they believe in salvation by grace. A Reformational Catholic cheerfully acknowledges that he shares creeds with Roman Catholics, and he welcomes reforms and reformulations as hopeful signs that we might at last stake out common ground beyond the barricades.